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Footballguys Staff Bio: Matt Waldman

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Westover AFB, home of the B-52 and the Hercules.

Education: University of Georgia, BA English '96

Occupation: Publisher of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio and full-time NFL writer.

Family: Yep. They're great.

Years playing fantasy football: Let's put it this way, Jerry Rice, Terrell Davis, and Ricky Watters were my first three picks in my fantasy draft.

Favorite FF smack talk: (Points to the scoreboard)

Years writing about fantasy football: I wrote a guest article for Footballguys in 2001, but I decided to take the plunge in 2004.

Favorite FBG feature: Jene Bramel's Inside the Injury series. Why? Bramel possesses a cross section of knowledge few football fans possess about injuries and defensive talent.

Organized football experience: I have organized a lifetime of football games.

Favorite NFL team: The Cleveland Browns before the town and Art Modell lost their minds. Now I follow regimes of coaches and personnel. I'm no longer a die-hard fan of a particular team.

Favorite college team: Graduated from UGA and worked there as the associate editor and features writer for the Terry College of Business publication, but my formative college years and fandom is rooted in the Miami Hurricanes of the 80s.

Favorite fan moment: That split-second before Jeremiah Castille stripped Earnest Byner.

Favorite player of all time: Earnest Byner edges Steve McNair by a yard. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are current faves. I've met and did some film work with rookie Jamaal Williams. I'm rooting for him.

NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: Overtime - the one aspect of the game college football got right.

Favorite movie(s): Million Dollar Baby and Jaws.

Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Why, are you planning to buy me some tunes? My tastes are eclectic, but my roots are jazz, blues, and R&B: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Art Blakey, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, SRV, Ray Charles, Tower of Power, and James Brown.

What I read: It would be better to ask me what I don't like to read.

Favorite TV show(s): American Gods. The Leftovers. The Wire. King of the Hill.

Least favorite household chore: My wife and I have agreed that I won't pick up a hammer as long as she doesn't try to boil water.

Dream job: Jazz saxophonist, NFL running back, novelist, and great white shark researcher. One of these will be happening within the next 10 years.

Quote: "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

Parting thoughts: Stretch: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

What is the Rookie Scouting Portfolio?: Right this way: